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Trick or Treat?

Ah, it's Halloween again, time for the little ones to run around town trick-or-treating for their favorite sweets. You might be surprised to learn the humble roots of trick-or-treating. Originally Hallows' Eve, it is believed to have origins in the Middle Ages when 'souling' was common practice. Poor folk would travel door to door on Hallowmas, receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day. Since, it has evolved into a more family-centered holiday -- a playful weekend when everyone from kids to parents dress up in costumes, play games and eat copious amounts of candy.

Around the mid-century, just when Halloween became a yearly tradition in the US, so too did the classic candies we know and love grow in popularity -- perhaps even helping to spread the practice of trick-or-treating from the west to east coast.

Behold, a few classic candies from the 1950s, most of which you can still find if you look hard enough.

Abba-Zaba A chewy peanut butter taffy sure to give your jaw a workout! First made by Colby and  McDermott in the early 1920s, Abba Zaba was purchased by Cardinet Candy Co. and acquired by Annabelle in 1978.

Jujubes First manufactured by Heide Candy Company in the early 1900s; sold to Hershey's in 1995.

Oh Henry! Created in1920 by the Williamson Candy Company of Chicago. Contrary to popular opinion, the bar was not named after the author, William Sydney Porter, who used the pseudonym ‘O. Henry’ when he began writing short stories. Williamson had a combination retail-wholesale candy store, and every day a young fellow named Henry would come in and talk to the girls who worked there. The girls got into the habit of asking Henry to do odd jobs and favors for them, so you could always hear, “Oh, Henry, would you get me this or that?” When it was time to name the new confection, the salesmen commented that all they hear around the store is “Oh Henry!...." So that’s what they named it.

Sugar Daddy This caramel lollipop was originally called "Papa" when created by James O. Welch in 1925. In 1932 the name was changed to Sugar Daddy to suggest a wealth of sweetness.

Red Vines Made by American Licorice Company founded in Chicago around 1914, this red licorice candy is the number one selling non-chocolate confection.

Good&Plenty First produced in Philadelphia in 1893 and apparently the oldest branded candy in the United States, they attracted much attention with Choo Choo Charlie, the engineer whose train is fueled by Good & Plenty candy, which appeared in advertisements around 1950. 1950s *Good & Plenty* Candy Commercial

Did I leave out your favorite candy? Please add your favorites to the comments, and be sure to include any fun facts!

Happy trick or treating!

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